Visiting a property

Your safety

When you have arranged to visit a property, if possible let a friend or family member know where you are going to visit and at what time. If you would like a friend or family member to go along with you, you should let the person you are visiting know that you will be accompanied.

What should I take into account when viewing a property?

You need to be sure about a property - after all it could potentially be your new home. Make as many appointments as you need, including weekends and evenings, before you make the decision to go ahead with a move.

Before you visit a property, make a checklist of all your priorities and the things you want to find out. These could include:

  • How much is the rent?
  • What sort of tenancy will I be offered?
  • Would I be able to buy the property from the Council or housing association?
  • How many bedrooms does it have?
  • What are the local schools like?
  • Is there allocated parking and if not, is it easy to park?
  • Are transport links good?
  • How far is it to the nearest station or bus stop?
  • What are the neighbours like?
  • If there is a garden, what size is it and is it private or shared?
  • What's going on in the local community?
  • Where are the nearest shops and other amenities?
  • What kind of heating does it have and does it suit me?
  • Does it need decorating?
  • When would the current residents want to move out?
  • What items do the current residents plan to take with them?
  • What will my new landlord be like?

Other ideas

  • Take a copy of the advert with you, so you are able to make comparisons with what was offered.
  • It may be useful to take a pen and paper with you so that you can draw the layout of the property. You then have a record of what the property looks like.
  • Take a map of the area so that you can highlight where local amenities are located, for example shops and transport. This will help you to identify the distance from the property.
  • Try to visit the area at different times of the day so that you have an idea of whether it is a quiet or a busy, noisy area to move to.
  • If possible, meet the neighbours and speak with them.
  • Bear in mind that it is your responsibility to check the condition of the home you are moving to and have the current tenant arrange for their landlord to carry out any outstanding repairs before you move.